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I400/590 Introduction to Animal-Computer Interaction Methods

INFO 400 - 34722 (Registration for this class requires permission of the instructor: )

INFO 590 – 34723 (Both courses meet together)

Meets Mondays, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM in BH 246

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Martin, Department of Informatics and Indianapolis Zoo

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POSTED: 8/7/2019

Research Assistant Needed

We are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant (RA) to help with work related to tick sampling in south-central Indiana. Funded by the IU Grand Challenge Prepared for Environmental Change project, the RA will also be involved with other ongoing projects in the unit.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the principal investigator, the successful applicant will work with other members of the project team collecting tick samples at private residential areas in southcentral Indiana. Some travel and occasional multi-day trips may be required, so the research assistant needs a driver’s license and a clean driving record. A vehicle will be provided.

Desirable skills: Although the applicant need not have previous field work experience, the successful applicant should be comfortable working outdoors, in wooded and grassy areas, be well organized and detail-oriented, with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and be able to work effectively with minimal supervision in the field as part of a larger research project.  Additional training specific to work on these projects will be provided as necessary.


Duration of appointment: Hourly position, on a per semester basis, which can be extended to multiple semesters contingent upon satisfactory performance, and continued project funding.   


To apply: please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you're interested in the position and the date you are available to start, 2) a Resume, and 3) the names and contact information (including email addresses) of two references, to Dr. Oghenekaro Omodior (email:


The IU School of Public Health is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.



POSTED: 7/12/2019

Research Associate in Developmental Plasticity of Spadefoot Toads (Ledón-Rettig Lab)

A full-time Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Cris Ledón-Rettig in the EEB program at Indiana University to study the molecular and hormonal mechanisms underlying phenotypic plasticity in spadefoot toad tadpoles and juveniles. The RA will be involved in laboratory and colony maintenance, experimental execution and data collection (morphometrics, behavioral assays, endocrine assays and RNA extractions and analysis). The RA will also be responsible for helping to mentor undergraduate students. Information about the Ledón-Rettig lab is available at B.S. in Biology or a related field with previous research experience in endocrinology, molecular biology, developmental biology, evolution and/or ecology required. M.S. or Ph.D. applicants will also be considered. Good communication skills and working as part of a team are expected. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, benefits included. Best consideration date is August 15, 2019. Expected start date is September 16, 2019. Please submit a cover letter describing interest and previous experience, a complete curriculum vitae, copies of any publications, and the names of at least three references (including email addresses and phone numbers) to For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Cris Ledón-Rettig (

POSTED: 6/28/2019

Troy Smith's Lab who studies Electric Fish is looking to hire 1 or 2 students to work in their lab starting now (ideally) or at the start of the fall semester.

Please see job description

If you are an undergraduate lab member who is eligible for Federal Work-Study aid, you may want to consider participating in a new pilot program we’ve developed that will start in Fall 2019. For students who qualify, they may earn their work-study funds for work they are conducting in the lab. Details are included in the attached document.

The goal of this program is to help higher-need students develop and refine their research skills and interests by providing them with the opportunity to earn their Federal Work-Study funds while engaging in lab/research work relevant to their intended academic and career aspirations. As such, student in this program are expected to be substantively engaged in research – these are not to be clerical or lab upkeep positions.

Research Work Study Program Description

Posted: 6/14/2019

The focus of this internship will be reptile care and enclosure maintenance. At Goldleaf Hydroponics we have Bloomington’s largest collection on public display of reptiles and amphibians. Specimen include over 30 types of iguanas, geckos, lizards, monitors, chameleons, skinks, turtles, tegus, frogs, newts, salamanders, tortoises, snakes, and the collection frequently grows in diversity.

Daily care consists of removing uneaten food and waste from the enclosures, giving fresh water to the animals, feeding fresh vegetables and insects to the appropriate animals, and wiping down the tanks. Water based enclosures need periodic water tests and changes. Tanks with media need to be watered in when necessary, and high humidity enclosures need misted occasionally. Certain large lizards and tortoises need daily baths or soaks in water.The internship will also deal with the keeping and breeding of feeder insects like crickets, mealworms, superworms, flightless fruit flies, and rodents like mice and frozen rats. Intern is expected to devote 10 hours per week minimum at Goldleaf Hydroponics.

Animal behavior majors preferred. Requirements include experience with reptiles and experience with plants or horticulture is a bonus. Applicants should be comfortable handling various animals with a quick and steady hand. Attention to detail and initiative is a must as micromanaging the enclosures is the ultimate task. If time allows, the intern will have the opportunity to construct and convert existing tanks into bioactive enclosures using isopods and springtails to maintain a living ecosystem.

Must be able to work in warehouse environment and be able to lift 50 pounds frequently.

This is an approved ABEH-X473 Internship site.

POSTED: 5/13/2019

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to study biodiversity and further your marine biology skills in South Africa this summer? Cape RADD facilitates a 4 week field course for individuals or groups who want to learn more about the marine environment, conservation and research through hands on field experience and diver development. The Cape RADD course includes training in multiple data collection and field operation techniques, theoretical workshops on analysis techniques and tools like R, GIS, and Coral Point Count. Come spend a month abroad, scuba diving and freediving in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
As a Cape RADD student you will enrol in a fascinating and rewarding program that will put you under the water for a hands on experience and valuable contribution to the marine research projects taking place just outside Cape Town. Check us out on Facebook or Instagram to follow our story and see what our students are up to!

This program is ideal for students, graduates, divers, conservationists or just those with an interest in marine biology looking to gain extra knowledge and field experience in the marine sciences, to develop new skills and show some real life experience on their CV.
Visit or email for more details.


Dylan Irion (Cand.Sci.Nat.)
Course Director
Cape Research and Diver Development

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